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COVID-19 vaccine for U.S. public likely available in 2021

COVID-19 vaccine for U.S. public likely available in 2021”

The World Health Organization's top emergency expert, asked on Thursday about contradictory remarks by President Donald Trump and USA health officials on COVID-19, said it was important for all countries to have "consistent messaging" for their public.

"We can't allow politics to interfere with vaccines in any way", Biden said, speaking to reporters in Wilmington, Del., after a briefing by public health experts.

"I call upon Biden to stop promoting his anti-vaccine theories because all they are doing is hurting the importance of what we are doing and I know that if they were in this position, they would be happy to be saying how wonderful it is", Trump said.

Trump has continued to downplay the effectiveness of masks in spite of the recommendations of his own health exerts, mentioning Tuesday that waiters have struggled with their face coverings and do not like them.

"If I don't get an immune response, the vaccine is not going to protect me". He and other Republicans accused the Biden campaign of aligning itself with the "anti-vaxxers" spreading fear about a vaccine at a time Americans need to be reassured.

The president made the prediction even though the vaccine is still being tested in human subjects, and some health experts have said they believe a safe and highly effective vaccine is several months way, if not much longer.

"They're recklessly endangering lives". The shot wouldn't be broadly available until the spring or summer of 2021, he estimated. "We think we can start sometime in October" or shortly thereafter, the U.S. president said, sowing confusion as he contradicted top health experts.

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CDC director Dr Robert Redfield

US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield told lawmakers Wednesday that even if a COVID-19 vaccine is approved in the coming weeks, a "very limited" distribution could begin in November and December, but that full implementation would take many more months at least. Trump, who is trailing in pre-election polling, has mocked Biden for wearing a mask.

Medical and public health experts are agreed that many Americans' reluctance to take the recommended precautions - a sentiment fanned by Trump - has played an outsized role in the nation's failure to contain the pandemic as other developed countries have done. Yet he had to straddle a line between warning that Trump was corrupting the vaccine development process and reassuring Americans that they should trust government scientists and regulators.

The former vice president argued that as a vaccine is in the works it should only be approved by adhering to rigorous safety standards. Other experts say a scientifically credible vaccine will not be available until early 2021. According to recordings of interviews with journalist Bob Woodward for a new book, Trump expressed alarm in February about the lethal virus, while he was assuring the public it was under control and no worse than a seasonal flu bug.

The president would have none of that from the CDC director. "This is really a case that they are only talking negative and that's because they know we have it or we will soon have it", Trump said.

The comment caught wide flak, including from Biden, who also knocked Trump for saying the Democrat declined to institute a mask mandate.

"The Trump administration needs to leave the science to the scientists immediately", Murray said.

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